Obviously a lot of people are working on this. These ideas are a brief compilation of some of the best solutions.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, conservative, progressive, and moderate, want a well-functioning democratic government. But we have different definitions for what that means – because we use different terms and listen to different sources, and because we don’t listen well to each other.
This has been a perfect opportunity for special interests and corruption to whittle away at “government for the people and by the people” and to shift our democracy to either government for the special interests and by the special interests, or else to gridlock.
The principles that make corruption work are: “divide and conquer” (pit citizen against citizen) and “hide the true motives” (pretend to be interested in “reforming” government but in actuality work for one’s own profit and special interests).
To protect and restore real democracy, we the people need to re-unite, and to do that we need to explore and expose the corruption that has drastically weakened democratic government.
There are a few principles that can guide us:
To expose corruption: Verify the facts and Follow the money.
To restore democracy: Listen to each other and Engage in authentic dialogue.
To regenerate government: Elect candidates who care about all Americans. This means we must elect people who are not beholden to special interests and mega-contributions from super-wealthy people and corporations.
These are principles that we can all agree on. Armed with these we can expose corruption, start dialoguing with each other, and restore democracy.
The 2nd post in this series will expand on “Follow the money” using privatization of public resources as an example.